When you hire someone to do a job, you normally consider what the job is and whether the person has the qualifications to do the job. In most companies of any size there will be a job description for each of its employees. It outlines what it is the person is suppose to do in exchange for a fair wage.
In the case of the president, I suppose his job description is the oath he takes.
“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”
I think it important to note his oath is specific to the Constitution of the United States. We may wish he was responsible for the well being of the world. But it seems pretty plain where his responsibilities lie. Obviously, there is whole issue of morality and we hope his job performance is influenced by his love for God.
But bottom line… his job is to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. If we hired him to solve the world’s economic crisis or feed the poor in Africa, we need to rewrite his job description. Because today, we may have unreasonable expectations based on the job he was hired for.
I have to admit, I know very little about genocide. I hear the word all the time, but it really doesn’t impact me. I’m doing ok and haven’t killed anyone.
But, there are those that are passionate about the plight of babies around the world who are starving to death. That’s a good thing. There are no boundaries in the family of God. We are to have compassion for the suffering of others.
There are also babies that are being killed by the millions right here in America, the land of the free and home of the brave. We are guilty of participating because of our complacency. That can’t be a blessing for God.
Here’s where it gets sticky and I appreciate that this is only one voice, but it is the voice God gave me.
We recently voted for a man to lead our country. I don’t know how the actual oath goes, but it says he is responsible for the well being of America. He was not elected to lead the world or solve the world’s problems.
Admittedly, the worlds problems are significant. Even including genocide. But the newly elected president is responsible first to God, then to America and finally to the world. He mustn’t step over the bodies of aborted babies in America to solve the plight of genocide around the world.
Have you noticed there seems to be an awakening among America’s younger generation for the plight of the poor and destitute? It wasn’t that long ago when there was a movement among the youth that changed the world. It began with the hippy movement and gave birth to the Jesus movement.
“The Jesus movement was the major Christian element within the hippiecounterculture, or, conversely, the major hippie element within some strands of Protestantism. Members of the movement were called Jesus people, or Jesus freaks. The movement arose on the West Coast of the United States in the late 1960s and early 1970s and spread primarily through North America and Europe, before dying out by the early 1980s”. Wikipedia
I wonder if the youth of today have the strength of voice that the youth of the ’70s had. Will they stand up with a voice and pay a price or be pressed down and enjoy the fruits of complacency? Time will tell.